No Tip this week because of Christchurch earthquake


Photo by ElectricTorpedo on Twitpic.

Photo by ElectricTorpedo on Twitpic, Christchurch earthquake, 22 February 2011.

Folks, I was writing this week’s MacTip from my home in Wellington, New Zealand when news came through of a massive 6.3 earthquake in Christchurch, some 300 Kilometers (190 miles) to the south.

Here in Wellington we’re fine, but many of my own friends and family members are in Christchurch. New Zealand is a fairly small country and the whole nation has been affected by this disaster.

I was simply unable to continue with the Tip, and in the grand scheme of things it all seemed rather trivial.

It was less than 6 months ago that Christchurch suffered a 7.1 earthquake, but this one has been much more devastating. The previous quake’s epicentre was deeper, a little further away and the quake struck in the middle of the night when most people were at home.

This one struck at lunchtime. The epicentre was only 5 Km deep and around 10 Km from the city centre.

Now, some 6 hours later it has been confirmed that 65 people are dead, many are injured and many more are not yet accounted for.

This is a huge blow to the people of Canterbury, and to the country as a whole.

If you’d like to, please make a donation to the New Zealand Red Cross.

Update, Monday, 28 February 2011: It’s now almost a week since the earthquake struck and we’re only starting to realise how utterly disrupted our lives are. In Christchurch 148 people have been officially declared dead, while more are still missing — the search and recovery efforts continue. All schools are closed until further notice. The central city is still cordoned off and perhaps 750 buildings in the Central Business District may need to be torn down. Check any New Zealand news source for more information about the devastation and recovery.

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9 Comments

  1. Lake Michigan fishign charters said:

    Hope all is getting back to normal

    • Miraz Jordan said:

      Thanks for asking, but not really. Aftershocks continue and substantial numbers of buildings in the inner city have been demolished. Normal is still a long way away I fear.

  2. Shena said:

    All our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Christchurch

  3. Atlanta Roofing said:

    Take a moment to bring some peace into the world and pray for the people in NZ. And while you’re at it, say a prayer for Haiti’s 100′s of thousands still in tents, awash in sewage and under the thumb of US/UN multinatio­nal capitalist interests.

  4. Miraz Jordan said:

    Many thanks everyone for your thoughts and comments.

    While I and my friends and family are all safe and sound, New Zealand is a small country and we all have friends and family in Christchurch.

    Any disaster that happens to one city deeply affects us all as a nation.

    Rescue efforts continue and they’re still finding people alive in collapsed buildings. Additional rescuers are arriving from other parts of New Zealand and from other countries.

  5. Auctioneer said:

    Hope friends or family in Christchurch are all right

  6. Carlos Sousa said:

    My thoughts and prayers are with your people.

  7. Virginia said:

    Saw on Twitter that you think your family is Christchurch are all okay. Hope this is true and sending all of New Zealand my love.

  8. New Buffalo MI fishing said:

    This is quite a blow to the country’s population. atleast 60 deaths is a lot for a country who’s population is 1000. Prayers going up for our friends in New Zealand! Prayers and condolences to those who lost family and other loved ones in this terrible tragedy. My thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Christchurch, New Zealand. let us give them a help in any way possible.

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